NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – While some worry about shovels and snow blowers during the winter, Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills is worried about their bees.

WCBS 880 Reporter Catherine Cioffi traveled along with beekeeper Dan Carr to check on the little insects who are essential to the farm.

WCBS 880 Reporter Catherine Cioffi finds out how the keep the bees alive.

“In wintertime, they are all clustering together to stay warm,” said Carr.

As the bees cluster to stay warm, sometimes they won’t move away from the cluster to get honey which can lead to starvation.

Snow and ice coat the hives and to check on the vitality of the bees, Carr walks around with a stethoscope listening to the hives as he gives them a knock.

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“Bees can get hypothermia just like people,” said Carr.

The bees are vital to the success of the farm. If these bees die, the farm won’t have any bees to pollinate their crops in the spring.

“As soon as that first thaw comes and that first blossoms start, we want the bees to get out,” said Carr.

Until then, there is going to be a lot more checking to make sure no bee is going hungry.

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